Most categories sold to easier rates in a yarding of 3550 head, down by 250 on the previous week. It was only a fair quality yarding with limited numbers of prime cattle throughout the yarding.
Most grades were represented with good numbers of young cattle to suit the feeders backgrounders and restockers along with a good selection of cows. There were not the numbers of well finished grown steers compared to the previous sale and there were a few consignments of plainer cattle in from the far west with loads coming in from Broken Hill, Bourke, Condobolin along with the normal local cattle. Not all the regular buyers were operating with the absence of a couple of feeder orders.
The outstanding display of large numbers of bullocks in prime condition was the highlight in mostly good quality yarding.
Young cattle to the trade were 6c to 10c dearer with most of the support coming from Southern processors and central tablelands processors.
Almost all of the steer vealers in the yarding were purchased by the restockers. Prime steer yearlings sold from 265c to 300c with the medium weights weighing between 330kg and 400kg averaging 291c while the few prime heifer yearlings sold from 255c to 304c/kg.
With around 25mm of local rain last weekend and substantially better falls further afield restocker interest has shown a dramatic increase. Young restocker cattle were considerably dearer with young steers selling from 284c to 470c/kg.
Around 50mm of rain in northern NSW and Queensland created a strong market in all sections with solid support from a full field of buyers.
It was a mixed yarding with some good lines of young cattle to suit the feeders and trade buyers along with some well finished bullocks and cows with once again the bulk of the prime cattle coming off crops or have had access to grain.
As the dry weather continues cattle keep pouring in with numbers lifting by 840 compared to the previous sale for a yarding of 6375.
Not all the regular buyers were present in a mostly cheaper market.